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U of Illinois graduation will feature speech by CEO of medical foundation

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CHAMPAIGN, Illinois — The CEO of a foundation devoted to medical issues will be the speaker at the University of Illinois' spring commencement.

Risa Lavizzo-Mourey has been CEO of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation since 2003.

The ceremony will be at 9:30 a.m. May 16 at Memorial Stadium on the Urbana-Champaign campus. Many individual departments will have their own ceremonies later.

The university also plans to honor several alumni. They include Nick Holonyak Jr., a graduate who became an electrical engineering professor at the university and developed the first light-emitting diode, or LED.

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